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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

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That dendritic drainage pattern is a drainage pattern in which the streams branch randomly in all directions and at almost any angle, resembling in plan the branching habit of certain trees. it is produced where a consequent stream receives several tributaries which in turn are fed by smaller tributaries. it is an indicative of insequent streams flowing across horizontal and homogeneous strata or complex crystalline rocks offering uniform resistance to erosion. this pattern may form on top of the land surface or below the land surface in karst aquifers with anastomoses forming the smaller tributaries.?

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Sinkhole session (NH 8.6) at EGU 2012

Author Alexander Klimchouk. Posted on 20 Dec, 2011

Dear colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention on the following forthcoming
Scientific Session on Sinkholes at the General Assembly of EGU in
Vienna, next April:

Session NH8.6 "Sinkholes: from susceptibility to risk evaluation and
mapping"
at EGU General Assembly (Vienna, 22-27 April 2012)

Convened by: Mario Parise, Giulio Iovine, Stefania Nisio

Session Description
Sinkholes are widespread in many countries of the world, in several geological and morphological settings, affecting distinct lithotypes either in the detrital cover sequences or in bedrock outcrops. In particular, some phenomena develop in geomorphological context characterized by plain areas and notable detrital coverages, either made of sediments or colluvial or residual terrains, thick even tens to hundreds of meters. In some cases, the genetic mechanisms are poorly understood; they can be quite complex and appear not directly connected with classical karstic processes. The recent urban development and the increasing need of spaces for infrastructures in areas potentially affected by sinkholes require a better comprehension in terms of related susceptibility, hazard and risk. The session aims to stimulate the discussion on the state-of-the-art of the studies on the mentioned topic, with special regard to sinkholes in plain not-karstic areas. Analyses of genetic mechanisms, methodological examples of investigation, and case studies are welcome, as well as description of techniques for evaluating susceptibility, hazard and risk.

Note: A selection of studies presented at this session will be considered for publication in a special issue of a relevant international journal.

For info on how to submit an Abstract see this page.

or go directly at the sessions page, choose Session NH8.6, and press "Abstract submission"

The deadline for the submission of Abstracts is 17 January 2012.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 can be found 
here , and information about EGU itself can be found here .

In case any technical questions arise, please contact us

For any questions relevant to the Session organization please do not
hesitate to contact me

We hope to see you in Vienna!

Best Regards,

Mario Parise and co-conveners

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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Hello everyone! I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko") There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc Also we have forum there Site's language is Russian Welcome! --Aleksandr Shakalov. ...

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New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi, Sandro International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 35-55 Speleogenetic effects of interaction between deeply derived fracture-conduit and intrastratal matrix flow in hypogene karst settings Klimchouk, AB, Tymokhina, EI, Amelichev, GN International Journal of Speleology, 2012, Vol 41, Issue 2, p 37-55 Hypogenic contribution to speleogenesis in a predominant epigenic karst system: A case study from the Venetian Alps, Italy Tisato Nicola, Sauro Francesco, Bernasconi Stefano M , Bruijn Rolf H C , De Waele Jo Geomorphology, 2012, Vol 151, p 156-163 L’altération de type "fantôme de roche" : processus, évolution et implications pour la karstification Quinif Yves, Bruxelles Laurent Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, 2011, Vol 4 You can download these publications following the links to PDF files on respective original websites As a part of collaboration within the HypoKarst, we suggest that the project members inform each other about their own and other published works relevant to the topic An easy way to do this, and generally promote the readership for your papers, is to submit publications to the KarstBase through the online submission form (One needs to be registered to access the form) By including words “hypogene” or “hypogenic” in the keywords (if they are not present within the title), you’ll make the publication appearing in the respective search selection that represens current bibliography on hypogene karst/speleogenesis Check this link regularly if you want to stay updated on current publications in the field Best wishes! Sincerely, --Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky, HypoKarst Project coordinators. ...

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The deepest terrestrial animal

A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto Reviews of the genera Schaefferia Absolon, 1900, Deuteraphorura Absolon, 1901, Plutomurus Yosii, 1956 and the Anurida Laboulbène, 1865 species group without eyes, with the description of four new species of cave springtails (Collembola) from Krubera-Voronya cave, Arabika Massif, Abkhazia Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews 5 (2012) 35–85 DOI: follow this link (information supplied by Sofia Reboleira). ...

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Caves - landscapes without light

Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals Several interactive installations are available as well as audiovisual room presenting current state of the art in current research findings 28 spectacular Austrian caves are presented Important goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate how Vienna is supplied by drinking water from karst areas. ...

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Position of PhD researcher in Karst (Montpellier, France)

3D Modelling (geometry and connections) of carbonate massifs in structurally complex areas : An application to buried karst reservoirs of Languedoc (South France) More details here Karstic reservoirs offer new opportunities to secure water resources in the populated and arid regions, such as the Mediterranean Karstified Jurassic carbonate massifs presently buried beneath Cenozoic cover have been studied in the south of France by BRGM, and more recently by Husson (2013) Objective The objective is to develop a method to determine the 1) distribution, 2) connectivity and 3) intensity of karstification of the carbonate massifs, including buried karsts The study area (Languedoc) incorporates the previous (Husson, 2013) study and extends south-westward, ie downstream of the watershed This study area is well suited for developing and validating the method (good data coverage & known geodynamic evolution), which can then be exported, especially in Mediterranean region Operations 1- Construction of a 3D geological model of this poly-deformed area; the model will include all geological information concerned with the (paleo)karsts and (paleo) base-level indicators Surface geology, 2D seismic reflexion, exploration borehole data, gravimetry will be compiled and integrated, within the BRGM-Intrepid “Geomodeller” While building the geomodel, tests of consistency of 2D restoration of random lines (using Schlumberger-Igeoss “Dynel2D”) will provide a validation of the geomodel Additionnal validation will be secured by gravity inversion of the geomodel and comparison with available measured gravity data 2- Sequential 3D restoration of the geomodel, at successive times of documented karstification (Messinian, Late Miocene, Early Paleocene, Mid-Cretaceous), using Schlumberger-Igeoss “Dynel3D” Restoration will provide for each period : the flow-lines within the massifs from upstream topography towards the outlet, whether it is surficial (over impervious formations) or karstic (through carbonate massif) drainage Karstified and non-karstified (above and below base-level, respectively) carbonate massifs will be delineated within the restored geomodels, for each karstification periods 3- These paleo-base levels, obtained at the different stages of karstification will be input in the present day geomodel, in order to determine the distribution of karstified portions of the carbonate massifs (located above paleo base-level) The output will be the volume of potentially karstified massifs and the distribution of superimposed karsts, the later being an indication of increased karstification 4- Gravity inversion of the 3D geomodel (with BRGM-Intrepid “Geomodeller”) provides density distribution We suggests that lower density values within the carbonate formations, correlate with karstified areas The gravity inversion results will be analysed (qualitatively & quantitatively) and correlated with the distribution of karstified massifs derived from the previous stage 5- The findings will be analysed and tested in the light of regional hydrogeological data Applications: - Exploration of karst reservoirs (water, oil & gas, mining industry) - Management of karst reservoirs (water supply, hydrothermal resorts, gas storage, geothermy). ...

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The USGS Karst Interest Group 2014 conference

The US Geological Survey’s (USGS) Karst Interest Group (KIG) will hold its next conference on 28 April through 2 May 2014 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, at the headquarters of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) This is the sixth in a series of conferences that are held every three years in different locations around the USA Two days of papers and exchanges of ideas/information are planned, followed by two days of field trips While these conferences began primarily for USGS employees, they have expanded, first to other federal agencies, then non-federal agencies plus universities, and now they are being advertised to anyone with a strong interest in karst hydrogeology Historically, the costs of these conferences have been largely sponsored and this year is no different with only minor registration fees I encourage you to register but also to reserve your hotel rooms as soon as possible The oil and gas boom is filling nearly every room in town every night, so make your reservations early For those of you who look closely at the schedule, you’ll see the conference is advertised as starting on 28 April but the program starts on the 29th The 28th will be a travel day for most people attending and we’ll have an informal evening social that will be added to the program later Еhe website for the KIG meeting: http://kig2014businesscatalystcom/indexhtml If you have questions, please let us know Also please forward this message to anyone who may be interested See you soon in Carlsbad! Eve Kuniansky and George Veni KIG 2014 co-chairs. ...

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International Conference on Groundwater in Karst

International Conference on Groundwater in Karst With optional pre-and post-conference field trips 20-26 June 2015, Birmingham, UK PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT The word "karst" is a germanization of the place name for a region in the northwest Dinaric area that is commonly referred to as "the Classic Karst" The word has passed into the scientific vocabulary to describe a special environment in which the major groundwater flux is through an integrated network of disolutionally enlarged channels that discharge via discrete springs The channels span a very wide aperture range; the smallest are little more than micro-fractures or pathways through the rock matrix but at the other end of the spectrum (and commonly in the same rock mass) channels may grow to dimensions where they can be explored by humans and are called caves The relationships between matrix, channels and conduits in a carbonate rock mass are a product of recharge and rock lithology, stratigraphy and structure and exploration of these relationships is a key theme of the conference Water transfer through the smaller channels that are commonly intersected by boreholes is very slow and has often been analysed using equivalent porous media models although the limitations of such models are increasingly recognised At the other end of the spectrum (and commonly in the same rock mass) the channels may grow to dimensions where they can be explored by humans (caves) through which water flow is analagous to ‘a surface stream with a roof’ and may be amenable to analysis by models devised for urban pipe networks The development of holistic and realistic models for water movement and storage in karst is a second key theme of the conference The direct, and often rapid connections between surface water and groundwater in karst have given rise to distinctive groundwater ecosystems that have only recently been subject to detailed study and this forms a third theme for the conference Finally, of course, it is well known that karst groundwater systems are of global importance to humans both as direct sources of potable water and as the source of many rivers Hence, a fourth theme will consider human-karst groundwater interactions, a wide area that includes water resource assessment, groundwater protection, mineral extraction and infrastructure development In summary, the CONFERENCE THEMES will be: 1 Lithological, structural & stratigraphical influences on karst groundwaters 2 Modelling karst groundwater systems 3 The ecology of karst groundwaters 4 Human-karst groundwater interactions The symposium will be the annual meeting of the IAH Karst Commission and of the UIS Commission of Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis and is also sponsored by the British Cave Research Association, the British Geological Survey, the Hydrogeology Group of the Geological Society of London and the IAH GB Chapter The symposium will take place shortly after the 80th birthday of Professor Derek Ford and will provide an opportunity to celebrate with him and to recognise the huge contribution that he has made to the study of karst DATES AND PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME The Conference will take place at the University of Birmingham from 20-26 June 2015 as follows: Saturday 20th June : Optional special workshop for consultants and professionals on "Karst groundwater systems" Sunday 21st June : Optional field trip - Groundwater in Cretaceous carbonates Monday 22nd June : Opening of formal meeting Paper sessions Evening meeting of karst commissions Tuesday 23rd June : Morning paper sessions Afternoon Optional field trip to local underground limestone quarry visited by canal barge, or workshops or free time to visit local area Evening Conference dinner Wednesday 24th June : Paper sessions Close of formal meeting Thursday 25th June : Optional field trip - Groundwater in Jurassic carbonates Friday 26th June : Optional field trip - Groundwater in Carboniferous carbonates. ...

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Hypogene Cave Morphologies - Symposium Proceedings

A new electronic publication is available online from the Karst Waters Institute (Special Publication 18), consisting of selected papers and abstracts for the Hypogene Cave Morphologies symposium held February 2 - 7, 2014, on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas http://wwwkarstwatersorg/publications/php http://karstwatersorg/publications/SP18_Hypogene_Cave_Morphologiespdf The main thematic activities of the conference were to examine and discuss the unique cave morphologies and speleogens associated with hypogene caves, from the scale of 100 km+ cave maps down to centimeter size wall rock shapes and forms Hypogene caves can be argued to represent a laminar flow regime that is quite different from the turbulent flow found in epigenic stream caves coupled to surface hydrology Can these morphologies be uniquely characterized to identify hypogene caves? What effect do these laminar flow regimes have on geochemical models of dissolution drive in hypogene settings? Do flank margin caves fall in the hypogene flow environment?. ...

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Registration is open: 6th International Workshop on Ice Caves

Registration for the 6th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-VI) is now open! The conference will focus on all aspects of study involving caves with ice deposits and caves formed in ice IWIC-VI will be held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA, from 17-22 August 2014 Details about IWIC-VI and registration (both on-line and mail-in forms) are available at http://wwwiwic-viorg/ Here are some important details to know: - IWIC registration traditionally includes the cost of meals to maximize the time everyone is together and learning, working, and playing together IWIC-VI includes all lunches and dinners, and if you stay at the conference hotel your breakfast is included with your room fee - The registration prices increase on 3 May 2014, so register now! - The deadline for all papers and extended abstracts is 14 April 2014 We look forward to seeing your papers soon IWIC-VI is hosted by the US National Cave and Karst Research Institute, with generous cooperation from members of the US National Speleological Society, and is a conference series of the International Union of Speleology’s Commission on Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves If you have any questions, please let me know Also, please share this message with anyone who may be interested George ******************** George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...

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14th Sinkhole Conference - 2015, Rochester, Minnesota

The 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, which is generally known as "The Sinkhole Conference", will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, on 5-9 October 2015 Mark your calendars! For 30 years this conference series has been the premier conference for all aspects of karst geoscience and related engineering and environmental issues—and not just sinkholes This next Sinkhole Conference is being jointly organized with the Minnesota Groundwater Association and should be an exceptional meeting The conference also now has a permanent website site, at the easy-to-remember address: http://wwwsinkholeconferencecom/ Bookmark and visit it for more information The new "Past Conferences" tab includes the proceedings of the 13th Sinkhole Conference for free download Information on conference hotels, the call for papers, and more will be posted later this year George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...

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Geosciences Congress - Speleology in Iran

32nd National and the 1st International Geosciences Congress - Speleology in Iran The caves have attracted the attentions of geologists, archeologists, biologists, ecologists and cavers for many years As speleology is getting more attention in Iran, therefore, after holding 31 successful National Congresses, the 1st International Geoscience Congress concerning speleology will be held along with the 32nd National Geoscience Congress in Hamedan, Iran (Feb 16th-19th, 2014) The Congress is organized with close cooperation of Iran Mountaineering & Sport climbing Federation and Iran Geology Organization This congress is supported by many national organizations and universities More details can be found at: http://caveconferencegsiir/en Best regards, Saeed Hasheminezhad ICSA International Relations Officer Head of caving department of Khorasan Razavi Province IRAN delegate in UIS. ...

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Postdoctoral Fellow position in speleothem and groundwater geochemistry

Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin The Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin offers a position for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research in the areas of groundwater geochemical evolution and paleoclimate reconstructions These studies are focused on the limestone aquifer and caves in Guam in the tropical western Pacific, in collaboration with the Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific at the University of Guam The research involves groundwater and rainwater geochemistry, including stable and radiogenic isotopes, and paleoclimate, including reconstructions using speleothems and assessments of speleothem proxies in the modern hydrologic system The postdoctoral fellow will lead the analyses and interpretations of the geochemical time series and manage the project database Requirements include a PhD in relevant discipline(s) and one or more of the following areas of expertise: 1) stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry of groundwater; 2) hydrogeology of karst systems; 3) petrography and geochemistry of speleothem calcite; 4) U-series isotopes analytical methods; and 5) tropical Pacific climate and time-series analysis The Department and Jackson School have excellent analytical facilities in isotope geochemistry and a wide range of karst and climate science research expertise Pending arrival of funding, the position will be available starting in spring 2014 and may be renewed for up to a total appointment of four years Typical starting salary for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department is $50K/annually plus benefits To apply send a CV including the names of three references to Jay Banner, banner@jsgutexasedu Review of applications will begin on January 13 and continue until position is filled Security sensitive position, and final selection dependent on successful background check The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. ...

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Job in Water Engineering - Research Fellow at the Univ of Birmingham

University of Birmingham -School of Civil Engineering College of Engineering and Physical Sciences reference 52181 Fixed Term Contract for approx 30 months Salary from £28,132 to £38,907 a year The School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham has a rich and diverse history of water-related research spanning over 50 years and covering all aspects of the engineered water cycle The Water Engineering group has a global reputation for excellence in water and wastewater research and has a worldwide academic network on four different continents We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Research Fellow to support our current research portfolio and help us drive forward new initiatives The Water Engineering Group’s current research focus is placed on experimental and numerical approaches to address the challenges that we face in managing water security and resource efficiency and the associated links with energy management This broad remit encapsulates experimental and numerical analysis of water and wastewater treatment processes, water quality monitoring and measurement, and fundamental fluid mechanics We are looking for an enthusiastic Research Fellow with postgraduate experience in one or more of our current areas of interest Candidates must be able to demonstrate significant achievements in either numerical modelling or laboratory- and field-based experimentation and analysis The Research Fellow will be expected to support current research projects, deliver new work programmes and work with Research Group members on the future direction of water engineering at Birmingham To apply, you should possess a good first degree, or higher, in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related areas and have completed a PhD in water engineering or water science It is likely that the successful candidate will have an exciting vision, which demonstrates how they could achieve an independent research career within a three-year period Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr John Bridgeman via e-mail at jbridgeman@bhamacuk To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button below, alternatively information can be obtained from wwwhrbhamacuk/jobs Please quote the Job Reference in all enquires Closing date: 31 January 2014. ...

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DeepKarst - Hypogene Karst Conference 2016

Are you interested in deep groundwater flow in karst? How it affects cave and aquifer development? Mineral deposition? Distribution of cave species? Land management? If so, mark 11-14 April 2016 on your calendars and come to Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA, for DeepKarst 2016: Origins, Resources, and Management of Hypogene Karst! This conference will focus on hypogenic karst and all that entails Hypogenic karst is formed by rising groundwater and is a growing field of interest with much to learn and refine It is being organized by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute of the USA in cooperation with Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission of the International Union of Speleology For more details, visit this page and mark it on your website In the coming months look for details on trips, submitting papers, registration, and more Thank you, George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute. ...

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